Solar technology for vehicles is ‘r r revving’ up
by B Andrew, RS Components
Electricity+Control, August 2014 – pages 50 and 51
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During the past few years, popularity of alternate energy sources came to the fore and solar power, whereby sun rays are converted into electricity, is proving to be one of the more commonly used green energies in the transport sector.
Research into solar power cars continues to accelerate and engineering designers are constantly developing ideas of how solar power cars of the future might look, frequently testing their capabilities through competitions.
Each year, various organisations hold solar power car challenges made up of teams from universities and educational institutions across the world. One of the most popular challenges is the South African Sasol Solar Challenge to be held - this year from 27 September to 4 October.
RS Components will contribute to this huge event, which is effectively also a research and development project which is of such importance to a country like South Africa. The company will be contributing by providing up to R 1 M in sponsored products, helping to make UJ’s participation possible.
World Solar Challenge
In the World Solar Challenge events, teams race across the Australian outback. In the American Solar Challenge events, they race across the United States and Canada. The Sasol Solar Challenge race lasts for eight days starting in Pretoria and continues through Kroonstad, Bloemfontein, Colesberg, Graaffreinet, Port Elizabeth, Knysna and Swellendam, ending in Cape Town.
Teams are judged by different criteria such as technological and engineering expertise, average time and distance, average energy consumption, and the solar power cars’ average battery usage.
- Solar power is the more commonly used green energy in the transport sector.
- Solar power car capabilities are frequently tested through competitions.
- One of the most popular challenges is the South African Sasol Solar Challenge which takes place from 27 September to 4 October 2014.